This news is hot off the press! We had a great Q&A session at our AGM last night with Rachel Smith from the Barbican and Claire Witney from Waltham Forest Council. For those of you who couldn’t attend, here are some of the main points that were raised.
– The provisional date for the 2015 Garden Party is 18/19 July. This is a week earlier, in term time, so the event can involve more children of school age. There are also plans to involve more 15-25 year olds as this age range was under-represented in 2014.
– The council are looking at ways to increase the capacity allowed in the park (currently 9,000 at any one time). 34,000 people attended this summer. The sticking point here is health and safety as the exits from the park are fairly small, which affects the time required to evacuate everyone from the park if required.
– Last year’s event was put together in just a few months, and the longer lead-in this year will mean more community groups can be involved. Over 100 were involved last year but the Barbican has already identified others it would like to play a role. There will still be a mix of local, London-based and international talent on show in a similar format to last year.
– There will be better drinks provision at next year’s event – including a bigger bar, as attendees have complained about the long queues. Feedback about the food was that it was high quality and varied but quite expensive. The organisers are keen to support local food providers who are able to scale up their activity to cater for a large festival crowd.
The Friends will be actively involved in next year’s Garden Party and we thank everyone who came to last night’s AGM to give their views and help shape the 2015 event.